Roadside America, Shartlesville

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  • Stopped in a few years ago & loved it - returned for a 2nd visit today. Still an awesome experience - there's so much to see that you can notice something new even after several visits. I'd recommend ...  more »
  • They have a neat train setup that is quite big but dated. It good if you have young kids and I also found it kind of neat. Small gift shop has PA Dutch touristy stuff that tends to be pricey klitsch. ...  more »
  • A great place for a stop on a winters day to roam through the miniature train village. A huge auditorium room that has been turned into a huge miniature train village. They have been working and addin...  more »
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  • I first visited when I was around 5 or 6, and I only recently came across it again by chance when my girlfriend made me a gift that required some components from model trains. After paying for admission, which was an extremely reasonable $8 for adults, I walked through the door to the display and a mile-wide smile came across my face. We spent about an hour and a half walking through the display, operating all the little buttons to ring church bells, run a nearby train, or operate the displays, and reading the plentiful factoid plaques. I swear, I was filled with the same joy and wonder I felt when I was a little kid. It was like seeing it for the first time all over again. When we first came in, there was a friendly gent that worked there who greeted us and gave us some info. He was passionate about model trains and shared a lot of interesting facts with us. The whole place felt like taking a step back through the ages to a simpler time. I’m still buzzing about my visit hours after leaving, and I’ll be making the trip again in warmer weather. In addition to the massive, beautiful display, there’s a small gift shop in the front part of the building outside the room with the display. Souvenirs, T-shirts, and a small beverage refrigerator are out there in case you’d like to take home a memento or worked up a thirst after getting lost among the countless wonders inside. It’s difficult for me to fathom that places like this still exist profitably in 2018. Please do yourself a favor and pay them a visit. If you do, bring cash that you can donate to help keep the place going, because once places like this close, there’s almost no chance that they’ll be seen again.
  • When i was driving from DC to NYC on a state rd I found this place and it attracted me when I saw the sign board saying miniature village. It was an amazing experience to see such a wonderful art. It costs you $8 per person and its totally worth if you wanna see the ancient culture and technologies in little space. Vintage trains, cars etc. Its worth visiting.
  • Although nothing has changed since I was a kid it is still a great place to visit. That is what is best about coming here. Generation after generation gets to pass on the same experience we all had as kids and relive a little bit of childhood as well. Pretty sure some of the gifts in the shop have been sitting there for 30 years too. Still love it though.
  • Roadside America was a trip that we always looked forward to as a kid, along with the one to Christmas Village. This last visit was just as nice and very impressive on the display. Would have been more than glad to give them a 5 star rating if they spent some time cleaning their bathrooms. The men's bathroom had a pretty bad odor and needed cleaned. The price for the show/display is more than fair when you see what was put into it.
  • Amazing miniature train structure, this place is so huge. It's got a great history and it is well worth the admission, you must stop if passing by. When it turns to night, the place goes dark and the buildings light up, its very beautiful. The gift shop has tons of cool novelty stuff too.

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